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Open star cluster M50

Open star cluster M50 is in the constellation Monoceros (Mon).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 07h02.8m, Dec +08° 23'

Visual magnitude: 7,0m
Distance from the star clusters M50 to the Sun is 2870 light years
Angular size: 15'
Class: II,3,m
External dimensions the star clusters M50 are about 13 light years.
Number of stars: 2050
Age of the object M50 is 100x106 years

Discoverer: Giovanni Domenico Cassini, before 1711 year.

The designation M50 in other catalogs: NGC 2323

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M50, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/4-D/2. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M50 is February.

Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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